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X-shaped four-person tent lets you and your friends camp together, sleep separately

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By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

There’s nothing like getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little commune with Mother Nature. Spending the day hiking through the mountains or woods is a great way to spend time with friends or family, and there’s a real sense of fun comradery when you all pile into your tent together come nightfall.

However, once it’s time to turn out the light and get some sleep, there can be such a thing as too much closeness, especially if the day’ activities included plenty of sweating and/or drinking. One Japanese outdoor goods company, though, has a solution that lets you and your camping companions share a tent but still have your own sleeping spaces.

Doppelganger Outdoor calls it the Crazy X, and while the first half of the tent’s name is debatable, it definitely deserves the second. The plus-shaped tent has four sleeping areas that are all connected at the center, allowing occupants to slumber without fear of rolling over or kicking one another in their sleep. Each sleeping area has its own entrance/exit, so if you need to get up in the middle of the night to pee or howl at the moon, you can do so without waking anyone else up (as long as you howl quietly, of course).

You might be thinking that you could achieve many of the same benefits just by using four small tents, but the core of the Crazy X concept lies literally at its core, which Doppelganger Outdoor calls the “meeting space.” This connected common area offers a bit more headroom, allowing you and your friends to chat, plan your hiking route for the next day, or figure out whose fish that got away would have been the biggest.

Despite the tent’s unique form, Doppelganger Outdoor insists it’s easy to set up, even for people who aren’t seasoned outdoorsmen. Crazy X’s construction is similar to an umbrella’s, and all you have to do to raise the central roof is pull a single cord.

And if you’re taking the train or bus to you campsite, don’t worry. The tent folds up into a carrying case that’s only 54 centimeters long, and the whole thing weighs just 3.6 kilograms.

Doppelganger Outdoor lists the Crazy X’s official price at 18,000 yen, but several online merchants are selling it at a discounted price. It’s currently available on Amazon Japan for 16,800 yen, and on Rakuten from as low as 12,000 yen, or 3,000 yen a person if you split the cost four ways.

Source: Doppelganger Outdoor via IT Media

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Redesign it. If you can make it for 4, you can do it for many. BTW, bears get to lick your toe jam or are the tents closeable?

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It's camouflaged so bears won't even see it.

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The sleeping areas are OK, but they need to make the center section way bigger. Of course doing that would make it weigh more than 3.6 kg...

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1 out of 4 campers will sleep with their feet towards their friends' faces. There's one in every group.

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A great idea, but it need to have enough room in the middle for people to actually sit. With an usual tent, one can actually sit or lay down without any problem at all. With the crazyX, it is just impossible to sit where your sleeping area is, and sitting in the middle seems impossible as well.

A little more design work to make it more spacious, and be able to have the tent in four separate bags while transporting it. As it is for 4 persons, the tent could for example go as heavy at 5 kilos with each person only carrying 1.25kg, still amazing considering the "privacy" offered.

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Why do you need privacy when you're camping? Just a question...

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